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    Baptist group: SCOTUS headscarf decision a victory for workplace religious freedom for all people
    Baptist Joint Committee
    The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the importance of protecting religious freedom in the workplace in its 8-1 recent ruling, noting that employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate employees' religion and avoid religious discrimination against prospective employees.
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    Preconference Intensives offered at TCN Conference
    The Church Network
    The Church Network is offering three intensive workshops called FastTracks during the day on July 13 prior to the opening of their national conference that evening at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. These FastTracks are for Executive Pastors, Church Facilities Managers, and Church Communications Specialists. The cost is just $99 for persons also registering for the full conference and $149 if registering for the FastTrack only. Click here for more information.
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    3 church social media mistakes
    By Mark MacDonald
    We all have limited minutes to accomplish all the demands on our time. Clearly, we need to be strategic while questioning what we're doing during our busy schedules. It comes down to our return on investment. Not necessarily monetary investment, but our time too. Social media is important, but if it's not successful, why continue? Here are three practical mistakes that churches need to correct with their social posts.
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    Church audits: know the 4 V's
    Church Executive
    Depending on your role at the church, you’ll hear the word "audit" and come to one of two conclusions: If you’re the finance manager, you understand the need for the substantiation of the integrity of the data — even though an audit can add to your already busy workload. If you’re the pastor, it comes down to one word: “Why?” The financials are written in what appears to be a foreign language, and they don’t seem to help as you try to make good, mission-critical decisions, anyway. So, why pay a CPA to audit the church financials?
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    5 ways to prefect your LinkedIn profile
    Inc.
    If your LinkedIn profile reads more like a resume, you're making a huge mistake – especially if you're hoping to land new customers. Mike Derezin, Vice President of LinkedIn Sales Solutions shares ways on how to create the perfect LinkedIn profile.
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    4 church website options for your digital front door
    Church Tech Today
    With 85 percent of people visiting church websites before they attend in person, you have an average of seven seconds to make an impression. Visitors are looking for clear, conscience and organized information. They expect service times, location, worship style, children’s programs, information about the pastor, church size, and more, to be readily accessible. So how can we create and maintain a website that embodies the personality of our church and doesn’t break the bank?
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    Digital disciples
    Faith & Leadership
    A Lutheran pastor in Pennsylvania uses social media to engage youth in the ancient teachings of the church, a reflection of his deep belief that God is everywhere, including online.
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    Author Bill Tancer on the search impact of reviews
    Christian Web Trends
    Most organizations seem content to simply avoid bad online reviews, but good online reviews are essential to helping people find your website in ways you may not have thought of. Moreover, Bill Tancer created a collection of review sites and tracked the traffic going from search to those sites. He found that for those sites, about 67 percent of their traffic was coming from search, which is quite large.
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    Growth Opportunity... Multi-site vs. Multi-venue
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    Excitement of a growing church can quickly turn to frustration as growth constraints can limit the momentum curve leaving leadership teams with a difficult decision, how to best facilitate future growth: add more services, start/add a satellite campus, build bigger…MORE
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    Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ
    Patheos Catholic
    Father Larry Goode is the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in East Palo Alto, a small and historically low-income city in the San Francisco Bay area. "We're a community of low-income people, and we're trying to find a way to keep the community intact," Fr. Goode said. He started brainstorming with St. Patrick's seminary professor Father George Schultze and Ignatius Press founder Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio to come up with a way to create sustainable income for the poor in the area. That's how the idea of NanoFarms USA, a worker-owned farming cooperative, was born.
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    Atlanta Megachurch's singles descend on target to get their hands on men's underwear – for a good cause
    The Christian Post
    It was a simple enough request: Drop off your drawers. That was the tongue-in-cheek promo a Buckhead, Atlanta, church used to encourage members attending its special "Single Series" to purchase packages of men's briefs to donate to a local shelter. Based on photos shared online, members of the North Point Ministries church, founded by pastor Andy Stanley, went above and beyond with their donations.
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    Glamping is so last year! The latest travel trend is 'champing' and it's all about spending the night in a historic church
    Daily Mail
    Luxury camping is more popular than ever, with yurts, tipis and stylish cabins popping up around the country. But while 'glamping' - glamorous camping - has is already well-established, there is one new trend that's about to take off. The Churches Conservation Trust, which takes care of 347 churches around the U.K. that are no longer used for regular worship, is offering overnight stays for holidaymakers who want the ultimate unique experience.
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    7 trends in worship service times
    Thom S. Rainer
    If your church has one service at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings, it is likely in the minority. In a recent LifeWay Christian Resources survey, slightly over half of congregations had only one worship service on Sunday morning, and the times of that single service varied. The "sacred hour" of 11 a.m. is no longer the worship time for a majority of churches.
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    Reaching the anti-churched: Monroe Park Vineyard
    Outreach Magazine
    Out of concern for the number of her former students who walked away from their faith in their 20s, Dorothy Ross, an artist and former high school art teacher, decided in 2004 to plant Monroe Park Vineyard Church in her hometown of Rochester, New York, a counter-cultural church to reach the 20-somethings in her town.
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    Most Americans look so kindly on churches, they might even go sometime
    Religion News
    The findings of a new LifeWay Research survey show that as many as 45 percent of Americans will look at the church brand on the sign out front and drive past, thinking it is “not for me.” And yet, the survey reveals an openness in most people — if not a very theologically deep one — to stopping by, even if they declare no religious identity, the “nones.”
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    What is the future of the local church?
    Christian Today
    The Church in the U.K. is in trouble – or at least that's what the headlines tell us. So what does the future have in store for British Christianity? Jason Clark, senior pastor of Sutton Vineyard, oversees and leads church planting in London for Vineyard Churches U.K. He spoke to Christian Today about how British churches are looking ahead in a time when the narrative is largely one of decline.
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    Why you should make at least 1 mistake each week
    Ministry Today
    It's not uncommon for Pastor Rick Warren to remind the leaders at Saddleback that they have his permission to make at least one mistake a week. He goes on to explain: “If you're not making mistakes, then you're probably not trying anything new. And, if you're not trying anything new, then you're not learning, and if you're not learning, then you and your ministry will quickly be out-of-date, perhaps even irrelevant.”
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    Managing millennials: 6 musts for CEOs who want to get ahead
    Forbes
    Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce in the next 10 years. Many companies are starting to comprehend the significance of this, making structural and behavioral workforce changes that were unheard of even a few years ago. Others are dragging their feet, refusing to accept the strength of the tide they’re up against. So, what do you do if you’re a CEO looking to grow your business in a world where Generation Y is taking over?
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    3 false sources of confidence in ministry leadership
    Church Leaders
    “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” So wrote the elder Paul to younger Timothy (1 Timothy 1:12 NLT). Paul’s words are the introduction to the Bible’s three-volume textbook on pastoral ministry (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus). And in that introduction, Paul issues a fairly stern warning to Timothy to watch out for three of the biggest false sources of security and confidence for those who lead in ministry.
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    7 Silicon Valley lessons for church leaders
    Managing your Church
    A front-end engineer for Yahoo shared how his experience and lessons learned in the tech industry translates across other industries including church administration. As church leaders work to lead and manage their church’s activities well, perhaps one or more of the following seven lessons will help.
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    The 3 essentials for inspiring your team to embrace your goals
    Entrepreneur
    Every leader needs other people to fulfill a vision, achieve organizational objectives or deliver results. Simply stated, no leader can do it all by themselves. The success of the leader is defined by the decisions and actions of others who are empowered to accomplish their respective responsibilities. There are three critical keys that every business owner, executive or organizational director needs to follow to make that happen.
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